KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-City Americans thrive on the energy of their home fans, the screams of the Toyota Center faithful. And it shows, the Ams are 9-2 at home.
But, on the road it has been a different story, where the Ams are just 9-8. That is why wins like Saturday's 5-1 thumping of Seattle are big. It gives the Ams confidence that they can dominate on the road. Plus, with 2 of the Ams next 3 away from home ice, coach Jim Hiller hopes the Ams have turned the corner away from the Toyota Center.
"I thought it was real important for us to have a good road game and that's what we came up with in Seattle," said Hiller. "So, I think the challenge is going to be going into Everett Saturday after we've played a home game against Vancouver and playing in a tough building and playing as well as we've been playing at home on the road."
"That's one of the toughest things to do in this league is play in other buildings and I think that's one thing we've worked on," said Ams Forward Jordan Messier. "We can bring it at home in front of the fans. The fans are always rocking but for us being on the road is something we were always struggling with but I think everybody kind of got into it last weekend and we had a big game in Seattle."